RCCFDC Resources

We can assist at every stage of your business idea, from planning a business start-up, developing a business plan, or seeking sources of financing. In addition to offering a full range of resources, we can direct you to a variety of available federal, provincial, and local expertise that can assist you in turning your ideas into reality.

Business Counselling

Other Sources of Funding

Video Library

Our Partners


Additional Resources

Business Counselling

Business Counselling is available for free to any business located in Renfrew County or the City of Pembroke looking for advisory assistance. Coaching services can be accessed via telephone, zoom, or in person.

Starting a business?

Looking for expert advice to help you achieve the vision you have for your business? We offer one-on-one business advice to assist you in assessing and planning a business start-up, expansion, or relocation.

Managing a business?

Currently, managing a business or organization? Need advice on Understanding how to properly manage the different aspects of your business?

We can help you succeed. In addition to offering a full range of resources, we can direct you to a variety of available federal, provincial, and local expertise that can assist you in managing activities such as hiring employees, maintaining regulations, marketing your business, and more.
Growing a business?

Looking to expand your business by growing your team, entering new markets or updating infrastructure? Let us help you determine which option is best suited to your business needs.

There are different ways you can grow your business and a good plan can help you choose the best strategy. Proper planning and a good understanding of your growth options may be the best way to successfully expand your business.

Other Sources of Funding

Video Library

We are currently growing our video library with easy-to-follow, quick information videos you can access and consume at your own pace.

Fundamentals of Grant Writing

For information on live upcoming workshops/events, please visit our news and events page.

Our Partners


The County of Renfrew

The County of Renfrew is a Municipal Government stretching west from Ottawa to the northern tip of historic Algonquin Park. Founded in 1861, Renfrew is the largest county in Ontario and is made up of 17 communities. The County of Renfrew provides services to help you bring your business to Renfrew County and can assist you with Resettlement and business start-up counseling, one-on-one business consultation, Networking and support services, Connections to potential employers, and Matchmaking for business ideas and opportunities.


Enterprise Renfrew County

Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to start and grow their businesses. Their dedicated Small Business Advisor will help small business owners determine what they need to do before they open their business, during and after launching their business.


Ottawa Valley Tourist Association

The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) is a non-profit organization designed to stimulate and promote tourism in Renfrew County. Their goal is to create a presence in the tourism marketplace.


City of Pembroke

Pembroke is a single-tier municipality, which means a quick approval process for your investment. The City offers 11 grant programs through our Community Improvement Plan. Compared to neighbouring communities, Pembroke offers faster internet speeds, lower tax rates, and a larger capacity of serviced utilities for less.


Algonquin College Pembroke Campus

Located in the City of Pembroke, approximately 140 km. northwest of downtown Ottawa. Algonquin College programs cover a wide variety in Business, Computer and Technology, Health Science, Outdoor Training, Environmental Science, and Community Studies. The College also hosts Community Employment Services (CES), which provide employment assistance to individuals who are looking for work or re-training opportunities. Services are offered in both English and French. Individuals who are seeking assistance in finding work are welcome to use these services.


Labour Market Group Renfrew Lanark

The Labour Market Group of Renfrew and Lanark (LMG) represents one of 26 workforce planning areas in the Province of Ontario. Funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development of Ontario, the group works to provide accurate and timely labour market information to employers, job seekers and organizations that use labour market data for strategic planning purposes. The group also provides annual labour market reports that outline trends in the local labour force using statistical data from several sources, as well an intelligence gathered from local employers and employment agencies.


Local Immigration Partnership

In Lanark and Renfrew Counties, the work of Local Immigration Partnerships is administered by Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus. To enable this work to happen, LIP staff conduct research to identify challenges that are preventing newcomers from fully participating in the economic, social, cultural and recreational life of the community. The LIP team also identifies new opportunities with a goal of helping newcomers settle in rural areas.



Centre for Women’s Enterprise (PARO) provides business support including personal development workshops, peer support, and access to funding for women entrepreneurs living in Ontario.


ACFO Champlain (Francophone services)

L’ACFO-Champlain est un organisme à but non lucratif du développement et de l’épanouissement des francophones du comté de Renfrew.


Algonquins of Greater Golden Lake First Nation

We are descendants and one of the ten communities located across the settlement territory that makes up the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO).  We are one of the ten Non-status Communities under the AOO umbrella.



The Business Development Bank of Canada supports small and medium-sized businesses in all industries and at every stage of growth with money and advice.


Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce has a mission to be a flexible, dynamic business organization that strives to be the main advocate for business in the community. Focusing on removing barriers and obstacles of business growth in the community.


Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization delivering value to their business community with a focus on advocacy, education, and networking.


Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to be the voice of the business community in the Upper Ottawa Valley, driving success through leadership, education, advocacy, communication, networking and financial benefits.


Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization

Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) collaborates with partners in tourism to unite their industry, stay ahead of the curve and build momentum for becoming the most talked about region in Ontario.


Ontario East Economic Development Commission

The Ontario East Economic Development Commission (Ontario East) is a non-profit regional marketing agency with a mandate to develop, implement and administer programs to attract new investment and jobs to its diverse group of communities. With a focus on investment attraction, Ontario East offers professional development opportunities and delivers programs to enhance the region’s competitiveness.


Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation is a proud and progressive Algonquin community. Pikwakanagan is situated on the shores of Golden Lake and the Bonnechere River in Renfrew County.


How do I apply for a loan with Community Futures?

To apply for a loan, click on the “Apply Now” button on the financing/funding page to access the business loan application. If you are looking to access the Micro-Loan application, please contact George Gilfillan at George.gilfillan@rccfdc.org 

How do I qualify for a loan with Community Futures?

To qualify for a loan with Community Futures, businesses applying for financing must be located in the County of Renfrew or the City of Pembroke.

Do you offer grants in addition to business financing?

In addition to business financing, we are sometimes also able to offer funding opportunities aimed at advancing economic development in rural eastern Ontario by contributing to the development of businesses and communities. Any current programming being offered can be found on the financing/funding page.

Can I appeal a loan if it is declined?

Declined loans can be appealed within ten (10) days of the date they were notified of the rejection.

All appeals must be made in writing to the Executive Director and/or the Chair of the Board of Directors at info@rccfdc.org.
What is the Loan Application fee?

The loan application fee varies depending on the amount of the loan being requested. The fee of 1% (minimum $250) of the requested amount must accompany all loan applications. The application fee is collected on the understanding should the loan request not be approved, the full application fee will be returned. The Loan Application Fee will not be returned if the application is approved or withdrawn once a Discussion Letter has been signed.

How do I access business counselling services?

Business Counselling is available to any business located in Renfrew County or the City of Pembroke. Coaching services can be accessed via telephone, zoom, or in person. Contact us at 613-431-3951 or info@rccfdc.org to schedule an appointment.

I’m interested in becoming a member of the board. How do I get more information?

The Recruitment & Nominating Committee is responsible for the preparation of a slate of directors to be elected at the Annual General Meeting. In addition to being knowledgeable and passionate about the communities they serve, our directors have expertise in various disciplines that support our mandates and objectives.

To review the full Board Recruitment Policy, click here.